Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Call me biased, but there hasn't been a Pixar movie which I didn't enjoy.
Actually, the concept of Pixar's movies have all been very mundane. Can you guess what Pixar cartoons the following were?
Does any of the above protagonist sound very exciting to you? Everytime a new Pixar movie is shown on trailers, it doesn't compel me to really want to watch it. I mean how in hell am I going to give a shit about ants? Or rats? Or fish? Or freaking race car? And aren't there enough movies about robots and superhoes? But when I finally do watch it (and I always do) - the story telling grabs me by the shoulders and sucks me in.
Taking everyday objects and circumstances and turning it into a compelling story which appeals to the average person - you and me. That's Pixar. The extra bit where it cheesily tugs at your heart strings is most probably Disney's fault, so I'm letting that slide.
Humanising its characters. Telling a great story.
That's what Pixar does, and that is what they do incredibly well.
Their story telling is so seamless, so effortless, so simple, so flawless - it's so easy to forget about how much blood and sweat that went into the production of its movies. It's easy to forget how difficult it is to produce that kind of quality animation, and how long it took them to make it - just because their incredible work does not get into the way of their story-telling.
But how was Wall-E?
It's exactly like how you would expect a Pixar movie to be like.
Great story with a message. Heart-warming. Satisfying.
Wall-E was incredibly cute with those sad binocular eyes. Even his pet cockroach was darn cute. Who the hell can think up of having a cockroach as a pet AND making it look cute? Only Pixar.
ALL of the dialogues between the robots were in their own robotic language, and yet you have an inkling of what they are actually saying. Who the hell can think up of doing that? Only Pixar.
Wall-E has a certain familiarity in it. Maybe because Wall-E reminded me of Johnny Number 5. Maybe because Eve looks suspectingly like a MAC gadget. Maybe because the space scenes had elements of all the sci-fi movies I've ever seen. Maybe because the message has been preached so often. But, in spite of the dejavu feeling I didn't feel like Wall-E is just some overplayed try-too-hard tacky cartoon knock-off sci-fi movie. It still feels original but with a tinge of "hey.. I know you from some place!". Who the hell can combine just the right mix of familiarity and originality? Only Pixar.
Any movie which can keep a rowdy 3 year old brat sitting on his seat fairly quietly for 2 hours surely has to have some magic in it. Only Pixar.
I loved it.
I loved every single pixel, every minute of it. Even with the extra serving of Disney cheese.
Pixar has failed to dissapoint me yet again.
I'm gonna go buy me a DVD and watch this another million times more.
Thanks for the invite, Minishorts. :)
at 8:06 PM